I woke to find my shoulder still unhappy along with a crick in my neck on the same side, mind you I had slept for 10 ten hours without moving much.
The weekend is the one time when I have time to do practice, without it being a rush, so I am loathe not to practice, even when not exactly fully fit, not that I ever seem to be lately, one poxy niggling thing after another. Did hanging standing forward bends to stretch the hamstrings, and just 4 x Surya A’s, my dodgy shoulder hates updog. Standing are OK, quite open, even managed Utita Padangusthasana. My shoulder though having full movement was not keen on Utkatasana or Virabadrasana A, and a very careful vinyasa to seated.
Although I dearly love the Friday night counted practice for its flow and focus, its quite quick and I notice that my postures are far better when I have time to gently get into them. Ardha Baddha Padme Paschimot is a case in point, Friday’s my knees barely allow my foot onto the thigh, where as today, although I am still a good 2 or 3 inches from a bind, taking my time I can get my foot far more into the lotus. The same with Janusirsasana A & B. And then into Marichyasana A, B & C, I know its not a pipe dream to think that if I had access to a regular Mysore style practice I would progress. I had to abandon Kurmasana, my shoulder was not having that one, but it gave me more time to play with Baddha Konasana, my knees are flat, why wont my torso hinge forward?
Having a thicker mat at home also aids some postures, particularly Navasana and Ubhaya Padang’, my sit bones are able to be level, which they never manage on a hard floor with a thin mat, Navasana never feels as hard at home as it does at the Shala.
Closing, today for fun I tried Pasasana, I have the twist, but my fingers will need a GPS to each other. I knew Urdva Dhanurasana was off the menu today, so did Ustrasana and Supta Vajrasana for backbending. Also with my neck crick I missed Sirsasana.
A compassionate practice with bits missed out has to be better than a full practice that could easily bring further pain and misery.